Flying demon by Mikhail Vrubel

Flying demon by Mikhail Vrubel

Like many of the master’s works, the picture remained unfinished. The master worked well the background, which is a typical Caucasian landscape. As for the very figure of the demon, it is so sketchily drawn that the author’s idea, perhaps, can only be guessed.

The work is sustained in the harsh color of brown and sulfur tones. The atmosphere of anxiety and the impending tragedy was created by the author. The demon seems to be moving along a narrow space between heaven and earth. He is already limited in movement, and in front of him is a complete defeat. The texture of the folds of the hero’s garment is magnificently transferred, but the outline of the body is only outlined schematically.

The master tried to achieve harmony between the figure of the demon and the surrounding landscape. For an artist, a demon is a symbol of opposition to everything, disobedience and brave defense of one’s beliefs, in spite of all authority. Freedom is the main thing for the master in his hero. Brown tones are a reference to the feathering of an eagle.

The reasons for which the author left the work unfinished, remained unknown. Perhaps the master did not find a sufficiently deep idea for the canvas, or he found the story itself rather simplistic. It is known that a year later the artist will return to the image of a fallen angel.

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